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Top 5 Things to Think about BEFORE you hire w/ Rich Kahn

What’s In This Episode:

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Unlike Jill and Brad, do you stick to them? If you’re resolving to get in shape, stop doing all the bad things and wanna sing Kumbaya more often: Good luck with that. Jill and Brad talk about how they make goals, not resolutions, and they plan ahead rather than making a few things up in the hopes that they stick to it. They also talk about the Top 5 Things To Think About BEFORE You Hire in this episode and they welcome advertising guru Rich Kahn to the show. Listen in! »


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Top 5 Ways to Stay the Course w/ Kelly Jurecko

What’s In This Episode:

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Unlike Jill and Brad, do you stick to them? If you’re resolving to get in shape, stop doing all the bad things and wanna sing Kumbaya more often: Good luck with that. Jill and Brad talk about how they make goals, not resolutions, and they plan ahead rather than making a few things up in the hopes that they stick to it. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Stay The Course in this episode and they welcome mom extraordinaire Kelly Jurecko to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Kelly Jurecko is the Co-founder and President of SPD Parent Zone, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about Sensory Processing Disorder. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_190.mp3
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Top 5 Signs You Need To Switch Things Up w/ Niala Boodhoo

What’s In This Episode:

Is your plan for 2017 just to work harder and hopefully get more from your efforts? What makes that different from every other time you've set that goal? For Jill, this isn't the first time she's made a 'no sugar' resolution except this time around, she's telling tons of people about it (that includes you!). We get an update on the noble quest and learn a cookie or two may have snuck its way in. Maybe even a doughnut. We'll have to check Instagram to find out for sure. Jill and Brad ask some hard-hitting questions that may make you realize something needs to change in the Top 5 Signs You Need To Switch Things Up. They also welcome talk show host and producer Niala Boodhoo to the show. Listen in! »


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Top 5 Ways To Build Momentum w/ Devorah Steinberg

What’s In This Episode:

Did you make any changes at the start of this new year? Still got that "new year" smell? Running off renewed energy and feeling upbeat about the coming months? Jill and Brad are right there with you and want to help keep it going! They discover they've both cut sugar out of their diet and decide to keep each other accountable. Jill is pretty sure she'll fall off the wagon by February 17th but until then, she's holding strong. Plus, we get to hear the equivalent of an audio unicorn: Brad sings. Well, maybe it's more of a brief sighting of the unicorn's tail. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Build Momentum in this episode and they welcome mind/body psychotherapist Devorah Steinberg to the show. Listen in! »


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Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_188.mp3
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Top 5 Ways To Hit The Ground Running w/ Sam Skoryna

What’s In This Episode:

It's the start of a new year - are you ready to hit the ground running or still exhausted from the holidays? Brad went swimming this morning and had a swimsuit mishap because he couldn't focus (don't worry, it's G-rated), and Jill just misses her eggnog. Luckily, they've got methods to kickstart themselves. Having an office to go back to always helps get you back into the routine of work, as does an inbox filled with emails needing responses. Brad shares his secret to dealing with a full inbox - don't answer any emails. So, good luck getting a hold of him this year! In all seriousness, kick off the year by making a plan, organizing, and then just get going! Jill and Brad talk about the Top 5 Ways To Hit The Ground Running in this episode and they welcome kids fitness guru Sam Skoryna to the show. Listen in! »


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Top 5 Insights Gained By Getting Away w/ Michael Sacca

What’s In This Episode:

Have you gotten away recently? It truly cleanses the mind and soul, doesn't it? But how do you make sure things are taken care of at work while you're away? Jill spends a lot of time prepping those around her so when she's gone, she feels confident in her team and can enjoy her time, free of responsibility. Though she definitely feels close to death in the weeks leading up to her vacation! Brad recalls his wedding day and taking on the "it's out of my control, there's nothing I can do about it" mindset, which can be pretty freeing. He's a big advocate of long weekends over long getaways, but regardless of your preference, you should absolutely stop what you're doing and plan your next vacation. Just do it, otherwise you'll never go. Well, listen to this episode first because they also bash resumes, talk about Jill's recent adventure in Brazil, discuss the Top 5 Insights Gained By Getting Away and welcome writer, podcaster, and GM Michael Sacca to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Michael Sacca is the general manager of Crew, a network of hand-picked freelancers ready to help you build your brand. Find him on TwitterFacebook and Medium.
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Top 5 Ways To Lead When Faced With Uncertainty w/ Matt Ruedlinger

What’s In This Episode:

Are you feeling uncertain about the rest of the year? Well, 2016 is almost over (WHEW)! Jill and Brad take a look back on this crazy year: supermoons, gorillas, Brexit, Pokémons, the Cubs, and a new President-elect, just to name a few notable headlines. We also lost a lot of important and influential people in our lives, including Prince and David Bowie. To help leaders navigate through the murky waters that may be ahead, Brad and Jill suggest slowing down and learning from a variety of sources as they share their Top 5 Ways To Lead When Faced With Uncertainty. They also welcome Triple R Marketing's CEO (and aspiring baseball card shop owner) Matt Ruedlinger to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Matt Ruedlinger is the founder and CEO of Triple R Marketing, a marketing firm dedicated to helping businesses connect with their potential clients before they're ready to buy. Find him on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_185.mp3
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Top 5 Holiday Wishes For Your Small Business w/ Michael Stanier

What,s in this episode:

Do you do the Santa thing? No, we don't mean dress up in a red velvet suit and..well, actually, that doesn't sound that bad. Bring the kiddos to the mall to sit on Santa's lap? Eagerly await the CTA's Holiday Train (Chicago's very own Santa literally riding through the night sky)? Jill has never seen the elusive train and hopes this season will finally be the one. If not, she'll take solace in eggnog and that Mariah Carey song about Christmas or something. Brad will indulge in a Christmas tree but isn't big on the Santa thing. He'd rather take credit for all the presents he's gotten for his kids, rather than some bearded stranger. They also talk about why the government may or may not be the ultimate Grinch and we get a rein-dare from Jill that you won't be able to resist. Join them as they talk about the Top 5 Holiday Wishes For Your Small Business in this episode and welcome author and coaching guru Michael Stanier to the show. 

Guest:

Michael Stanier is the founder of Box of Crayons, which specializes in coach training for managers and leaders. Learn more about his new book, The Coaching Habit.

 

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Top 5 Goals You Should Set For 2017 w/ Kim Lundgren

What’s In This Episode:

Are you a goal maker? Do you set goals? Brad shares his complicated relationship with goals and why the mature him is now aiming to be present instead of constantly thinking about being elsewhere to work on reaching his set goals. It's all about balance, people! Jill cuts to the heart of why a lot of us struggle with setting goals - you feel bad when you don't accomplish them! It's ok though, because instead she sets what she likes to call 'hovering wishes' or soft goals...'soals' if you will. They also talk about the Top 5 Goals You Should Set For 2017 in this episode and they welcome sustainability champion Kim Lundgren to the show. Listen in! »


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Sponsor:

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Shout-out:

  • Brad and Jill send some high-fives to 'summergirl524' for leaving a thoughtful iTunes review and reminding us all that we were once basking in the warm glow of summer. But now we're not because it's cold outside.
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Top 5 Ways To Celebrate With Your Team w/ Silvia Mestre

What’s In This Episode:

Have you ever been to an office party that got a little bit awkward? Jill and Brad share their favorite awkward office party stories - Brad's got a bit wet and wild, while Jill's involved a celebrity and absinthe. They draw connections to some ideas from last week's episode on treating employees like family, and cause Seinfeld fans to yell into their headphones when they just can't name that holiday thing from the show. Plus they discuss how business owners can throw great parties but still maintain a level of professionalism - leave early and expand the guest list! And maybe don't include absinthe. 'Tis the season for holiday parties so grab a pen and paper and take note on the Top 5 Ways To Celebrate With Your Team, and give a warm welcome to Egg-Q's Silvia Mestre. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Silvia Mestre is the founder of Egg-Q, a fertility check-up for women who want to have kids in the future. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Sponsor:

  • This episode is brought to you by Pluot. Free video conferencing with no logins, no weird plugins, and no fuss. Go to pluot.co/bdyb for a free trial offer.

 

Shout-out:

  • Someone named 'MarsWife' was kind enough to leave a very nice review of the show on iTunes. We loved it and want more! Perhaps the next reviewer will be named 'JupiterWife'..
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